jona: Yamapi of NEWS making a 'um, what?' face (JE - Yamapi knutschig)
So for the longest time all my requests had 0 offers on the sign-up sheet, and none of my offered fandoms were requested. I was getting a little concerned I might be unmatchable.

Now I don't know if it counts as shaking the box if there isn't a box yet, but it's maybe looking at the number of shopping bags mamaaaa brings home from Christmas shopping, or something? Because two of my requested fandoms have been offered, and all of my offered fandoms have requests, so that at least makes waiting for the assignment more interesting. :D

And now I want my assignment. \o/
jona: (GKS - bigin)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! This is my second proper Yuletide and I'm actually no less nervous about the sign-up than the first time.

First of all, I want you to have fun writing a story in one of these tiny fandoms, and if my thoughts on them don't inspire you, feel free to ignore these very optional details! I'm hoping this letter will be useful for you if you want some prompts or ideas of what specific things I'd like, but it's not supposed to make you go omg she wants what?? If the stuff in the letter doesn't speak to you, please write a story you're comfortable and happy with!

My fandoms this year all happen to be Japanese TV dramas, which usually don't run for long and so I guess it makes some sense that a lot of my (optional details) requests are 'so what happens after?'

Now on to the fandoms I requested!

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi )

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge )

ダンダリン 労働基準監督官 | Danda Rin )

Majo no Jouken )

General likes and dislikes )

This got kinda long again – I hope the verbiage doesn't scare you off, and I'm just going to stress again that I know that optional details are optional, and that you should know that I know. If you do have any questions after all this, my usual writing partner [ profile] solo/[ profile] solo has agreed to be quizzed and interrogated, so please do avail yourself of her. :D
jona: a sleeping panda (panda - sleeping)
Fragile Things (4252 words) by Jo_Lasalle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Call the Midwife
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chummy Browne/Peter Noakes
Characters: Chummy Browne, Peter Noakes, Trixie, Jenny Lee

Chummy is the sturdy one.

Written for [personal profile] selenay

My first proper Yuletide! It was a pretty stressy time when I was still writing, but I was pretty happy with how it all turned out and I was happy my Chummy story got a pretty good response. :D

This is not at all my usual kind of story, and an extra thank-you goes to Solo, who bravely beta'd a story that is, let's say, not her kind of thing either.

IDK if it's lame to post about one's own story after reveals, but I've previously only mentioned it on Twitter: I got a Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge story, much to my surprise (I was almost sure I'd match on Gone With The Wind), and it is lovely Sunako/Kyohei.

Down to the Bone (5712 words) by peroxidepest17
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge | The Wallflower - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nakahara Sunako/Takano Kyohei
Characters: Nakahara Sunako, Takano Kyohei

They work on dealing with Kyohei's face.

jona: (GKS - bigin)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

This is my first time participating in Yuletide, and this is my first Yuletide letter, and I'm really hoping it'll be helpful to you instead of make you go 'omg I drew the weirdo'. (Yes, I am also a little bit nervous.)

My requested fandoms are pretty different, so this letter may read a bit strange. Also, I know Optional Details Are Optional, honestly! These are just very ME ME ME thoughts, and if they don't work with how the canon speaks to you, that's cool, and I'm curious what you'll come up with and hope you have fun!

Now, on to the fandoms. Ahem.

My Yuletide fandoms )

General likes and dislikes )

And now I feel like this is the longest post ever -- I'm sorry if it's too long or too something! If you have any questions I #failed to cover, my usual writing partner [ profile] solo____/[ profile] solo has agreed to be quizzed and interrogated, so please do avail yourself of her. :D

Thank you for writing for me, and I hope it's going to be a fun Yuletide!


Oct. 12th, 2012 11:15 am
jona: a failing panda (panda - fail)
What I want/have to do over the weekend:

-- kidnap mother's laptop, finalize music set-up for Chibicon
-- write Help with Horselords post
-- decide on Yuletide nominations and draft Yuletide letter
-- clean the house
-- deal with Chibicon decorations, part 1
-- spend Saturday with la paloma grasa and go look at a park
-- catch up on several ~communications
-- write with [ profile] solo____

What I have accomplished so far:



Oct. 5th, 2012 12:00 pm
jona: Natsume holding umbrella over Bem (Bem)
Okay, the subject line should be rather: Premature Yuletide Angsting

Short version: I plan to participate in Yuletide this year, it's my first time, and I am surprisingly nervous.

The question that's been bugging me for a few days is about the Dear Author letter and the optional details, which are optional. I'd appreciate any advice from previous Yuletide participants, and my main question is: how detailed do you go in your likes and dislikes?

I have a few tropes and subgenres I really would not like to have in my Yuletide story. A few years ago it wouldn't actually have occurred to me to specify, but some of them seem to be very popular just now and would not be Out There for at least one fandom. But I felt awkward at the thought of 'please don't write me X and Z', like it's a statement on X and Z instead of what I like in my writing. Then I considered just making a longer, much more encompassing list of what I like and don't like, also for future reference perhaps and ALL THE EXCHANGES EVER, but then thought, 'god, my poor writer will think I'm a micromanaging NUT.'

Has anyone else ever had this problem? Any thoughts? Apart from, yes dear, you are a micromanaging nut.
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
I didn't sign up for Yuletide this year, even though I've long wanted to, because at the time nominations rolled around I was such a stressbunny that I couldn't even think properly what I would want to request, let alone write. But I've been enjoying the reading part (all the fun! none of the work! hee) immensely this year, probably aided by my family having scaled wayyy down on the Xmas activities. Yay!

Something to Talk About: The Good Wife, Cary/Dana, Cary/Kalinda. Dana isn't my favourite character on The Good Wife, but this was a great outsider POV on a lot of the regulars and had really good character voices.

We Three Kings of Porridge and Stars, Cabin Pressure. Obscure fandom among the obscure fandoms: Cabin Pressure is a BBC radio show focusing on the adventures of a small airline company. It's one of my Favourite Things at the moment; people who've sat opposite me on the commuter train while I was listening to it probably thought they had a close encounter with a randomly giggling madwoman. (And that's not to mention the time I spewed water all over the exercise machine in the uni gym. Um.)

This story captures the tone and characters of the show and adds a side order of awww, and I really enjoyed it.

What This Means. Short and sweet Bend It Like Beckham story about Jess having inconvenient revelations, with a lovely Jules voice.

A wind that passeth away and cometh not again: a story for the other show nobody knows I'm watching, Homeland. Highly spoilery for the entire first season, it's got great Brody and Carrie characterisation, and is a great exploration of what the inside of Brody's head might look like. (Hint: it's complicated.)

In the City Hung with Stars. The Good Wife AU, Kalinda/Alicia. It shouldn't work, a dystopian fantasyish AU to a show that's so deeply steeped in realism, but I would so read more in that universe. It's short, but with some gorgeous images, and this Alicia is just... interesting.

I have another relatively slow, relaxing day coming up, and apart from catching up with hols (those three Akame-heavy days were busy busy busy ones here and I'm woefully behind -- though I'm terribly tempted to make a 'I'm guessing the author just by their author's notes' post *g*) I only have to do some laundry, so if anyone wants to point me in the direction of more good Yuletide fic...


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